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Robert King Merton as Prodigy

By Alan Sica This article is part of our Past and Present series, in which current scholars look back at earlier works published in the journal. Robert K. Merton once remarked on the difference between scholastic interpretation and heuristic value in assessing sociology’s classical thinkers. His influential essay ‘Puritanism, Pietism and Science’ (PPS), showed just […]

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A Salute to the ‘Exegetical Giddens’: Durkheim scholar

By Matt Dawson This article is part of our Past and present series, in which current scholars look back at earlier works published in the journal. There is an old joke, once given an outing in The Sociological Review (SR), that there must be more than one Anthony Giddens. How else to explain the publishing phenomenon that […]

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The Monarchy: Pomp, Ceremony and Soap Opera

By Jim McGuigan This article is part of our Past and present series, in which current scholars look back at earlier works published in the journal. ‘The Meaning of the Coronation’ by Edward Shils and Michael Young was one of the first papers to appear in the New Series of The Sociological Review which, like the Queen, […]

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The Working Class, Middle Class, Assimilation and Convergence

By Fiona Devine This article is part of our Past and present series, in which current scholars look back at earlier works published in the journal. ‘Affluence and the British Class Structure’ by John Goldthorpe and David Lockwood was published in The Sociological Review (SR) in 1963. The paper was and remains one of the most important […]

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